The Parts of a Bird

by Linda Dow
This diagram shows some of the basic body parts used to identify birds. Describe a bird in terms of these attributes and you can almost always find him in your field guide.

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Crown Bill Throat Breast Belly Foot Tarsus (Leg) Tail Rump Wingbars Back (Mantle) Nape Eyebrow

Part of “Bird Watching with Elementary Students” by Linda Dow, available on LEARN NC at www.learnnc.org. This handout may be reproduced and distributed for educational purposes. Commercial use is strictly forbidden.